Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced its plan to recharter the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade through April 3, 2022. The IGPAC provides general policy advice and guidance on issues involving trade and development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of U.S. state and local governments.

USTR is seeking nominations for membership on this committee through March 28. To be appointed, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and may not be a full-time federal employee or registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Applicants must also be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Representative members must represent the executive and legislative branches of state, county, and municipal governments. Those who will serve in an individual capacity must have subject matter expertise on issues involving trade and development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of U.S. state and local governments and may not be a federally registered lobbyist.

Applicants who meet these eligibility requirements will be considered for membership based on the following criteria: ability to represent the sponsoring entity; knowledge of and experience in trade matters relevant to the work of the committee; and fostering balance in terms of points of view and geography.

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